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Shaquan Duley arrives to court in this Aug. 18, 2010 AP file photo.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A judge sentenced a South Carolina mother to 35 years in prison Friday for killing her two young sons, then putting them in her car and staging a crash into a river.

Shaquan Duley, 30, said nothing during the hearing except a quiet “yes sir” as Circuit Court Judge Edgar Dickson asked her questions.

Dickson said he appreciated Duley taking responsibility but she needed to be punished for what she did.

“The sentence I hand down today does not reflect in any way this court minimizing the horror of what you did to your children, your family and this community,” Dickson said.

Duley faced 30 years to life in prison after pleading guilty earlier this month to two counts of murder in the deaths of her sons, 2-year-old Devean and 18-month-old Ja’van in August 2010. The mother made no deal with prosecutors.

Credit: The Associated Press.